Lucknow Super Giants won their third consecutive game after beating Delhi Capitals to move to No. 2 in the IPL 2022 points table. Chasing 150, LSG was anchored by Quinton de Kock) before some nervous moments towards the end of the match. However, Krunal Pandya and Ayush Badoni held their nerves to lead Lucknow to another win.
LSG vs DC, IPL 2022: Highlights
Delhi Capitals has now lost two back-to-back games and continues to languish at the bottom of the points table, just above CSK, MI and SRH. Lucknow Super Giants, one of two new teams in the IPL, had lost their opening game to fellow newbies Gujarat Titans. Since that defeat, LSG has beaten defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Quinton de Kock crushed his second half-century of IPL 2022 as Lucknow chased Super Giants 150 for the win against Delhi Capitals. de Kocks’ opening partner and LSG captain KL Rahul was not at his best, but that didn’t stop the South African batter from playing some sparkling shots. de Kock was in an aggressive mood against fellow Proteas Anrich Nortje who played his first game of IPL 2022. His first two overs were good for 33 runs.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul fell to Kuldeep Yadav after a slow 24 out of 25 balls. Lalit Yadav picked up the hard hitting Evin Lewis, but De Kock’s presence in the center and the depth of the rest of the LSG lineup meant DC suffered their second consecutive loss of the season.
DRAMA AT DY PATIL
Lucknow Super Giants were in high gear against DC, but drama was waiting to unfold. Anrich Nortje was expensive on his return to DC and to make matters worse for the team, he was taken off offense in the 16th after bowling his second throw above waist height. After some deliberation, Rishabh Pant went to Kuldeep Yadav who was immediately sent to two borders by Quinton de Kock. But Kuldeep had the last laugh when he let De Kock catch a short third man by Sarfaraz Khan.
De Kock’s resignation made DC’s happy and LSG started to look nervous. Mustafizur Rahman gave up just 4 runs in the 17th, while Shardul Thakur gave up just 5 in the 18th as the pressure mounted on Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya. The game was really even with LSG taking 19 runs from the last 2 overs. But Krunal hit Mustafizur for a huge six in the 19th to bring LSG closer to the DC target.
Prithvi Shaw had a regular start to his IPL 2022 campaign, but he was on fire against Lucknow Super Giants on Thursday. Shaw, one of the 4 retained Delhi Capitals players, repaid the franchise’s trust and hit a 34-ball 61 in an entertaining knock. He was particularly brutal to former DC teammate Avesh Khan. Shaw’s carnage was finally ended by Krishnappa Gowtham making his debut for LSG after Manish Pandey fell.
David Warner returned to the Delhi franchise after 9 years, but his recent IPL troubles continued. One of the most celebrated hitters in Indian Premier League history, Warner had a scorching time at Sunrisers Hyderabad last year. After being sacked as captain, he was dropped from the playing XI. Back in Delhi, David Warner showed no signs of a better IPL campaign and eventually fell to Ravi Bishnoi for 4 of 12 balls.
Ravi Bishnoi was wicketless against Gujarat Titans, took 2 for 24 against Chennai Super Kings and then went wicketless against Sunrisers Hyderabad. If you noticed the pattern here, you wouldn’t be surprised by Bishnoi’s 2 for 22 against Delhi Capitals.
Statistics and numbers aside, Bishnoi cast a beautiful spell to remove David Warner and the dangerous Rovman Powell, who was given the order at number 3.